A Conservative MP has been suspended from the party after it emerged she used a racist expression during a public discussion about Brexit.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, used the phrase at an event in London to describe the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Don’t believe me? Click on the image below to listen to her say it courtesy of the Huffington Post UK:
Why in the world would Morris say,
Now we get to the real nigger in the woodpile
when suggesting that just 7% of financial services would be affected by Brexit is beyond me. And apparently beyond the grasp of PM May who acted swiftly saying,
“I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip,” she said in a statement. “Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.” (source : BBC) That’s a no-brainer but was a necessary statement and move.
And it didn’t stop there.
Leader Tim Farron said he was “shocked” and called for her to be suspended from the parliamentary party. “This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament,” he said. (source: BBC)
Now why is this a big deal? The BBC breaks it down like this:
The phrase originated in the American Deep South in the mid-19th Century and is thought to have referred to slaves having to conceal themselves as they sought to flee north and secure their freedom.
It was subsequently used in the 20th Century – including by a number of leading novelists – as a metaphor to describe a hidden fact or problem.
Speechless, not just at the remark being made but also at the reported lack of a reaction from the Tories there. Utterly appalling. https://t.co/aYcZtA8n9u
This is another example why The Black Women in Europe™ Social Media Group non-profit is vital. We face attacks like this daily whether others see or hear them or not. It is not in our heads. It is a reality.
After 8 years of working as a freelance makeup artist, Omolara Tayo-Sobajo has seen the shortcomings of many major makeup brands on the high street.
As a passionate advocate for ‘many shades of beauty’, Omolara feels that mainstream makeup brands are still not formulated with women of colour in mind despite countless campaigns from Women of Colour to change this. It was with this knowledge and her passion for makeup that led her to launch the MoMineral MakeUp line.
Only a few makeup brands produced limited shades of foundation for dark skin and the available brands will either leave the skin looking too grey or too “ashy” and dry. In addition to this, the composition of some makeup products available on the market are not always healthy for melanin-rich skin.
“MoMineral Makeup was created to provide African and Caribbean women with more choice when it comes to makeup products and our products are formulated from natural ingredients.” – Omolara Tayo Sobajo.
MoMineral Makeup is highly aware of the complex diversity of overtones and undertones caused by the rich melanin pigment in dark skins resulting in many shade variations. The company prides itself on giving women of colour more makeup choices, particularly women with darker skin tones.
MoMineral products are formulated and manufactured in the United Kingdom, regulated and certified by the highest cosmetics standard in order to provide the dark skin with makeup products with skin healthy benefits.
Black women in England are more likely to get advanced breast cancer than white women, new analysis by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England shows.
It was concluded that late-stage disease affected almost twice as many black women (22% of black African women and 22% of black Caribbean women) than white women (13%).
Experts say this is for many reasons, including possible differences in tumour biology, low awareness of symptoms and screening and barriers to seeking help.
While spotting the disease early is key, Heather Nelson of BME Cancer Voice, said in an interview with the BBC: “Women of colour are less likely to go for screening”.
“You’ll get leaflets through your door and they will be predominantly of white, middle-class women. There’s no representation of South Asian, African descent et cetera”.
“If you get information like that, you’re going to look and think, ‘That’s not about me.’”
One woman said to the BBC:
“A lot of us black people bury our head in the sand: ‘Oh, me, well, I don’t need to go, there’s nothing wrong with me.’”
But lots of work has taken place around breast cancer prevention. In October, the international community celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbon has become a symbol to express moral support for women with the disease.
So, why is this work not reaching everyone? If you’re a black survivor of breast cancer, we want to hear your thoughts. When did you find out you had cancer and what has your experience been? What do you think of the prevention messages available? Does it talk to a diverse range of communities? Why do you think that black women are less likely to go for screening?
Traveling broadens the mind!
You’ll have heard that said before and it’s true. There can be no education that a person can have, regardless of age, that can open the mind like travel does.
Of course, going to school is important, but in Why Traveling is the Most Important Degree in Life you are about to be given a crash course in what traveling can do for you, away from mainstream education, showing you that traveling is:
– A fun thing to do
– Highly educational
– A great source of knowledge
– Provides you with opportunities you would otherwise have missed
– Life skills enhancing
– A good way to meet new people
This short e-book is a ‘must read’ for anyone who is thinking about traveling for an extended period of time. It is packed with useful tips and great advice to make sure that you get the most from your experiences.
Prioritizing, decision making, money management and self-management may sound like boring subjects and a drain on your will to see your dreams through, but these are vital skills and are covered in depth.
So, before you start thinking about packing your rucksack, get a copy of Why Traveling is the Most Important Degree in Life and learn the important basics before you take that first step.
We believe eating is a social activity and it is said that the best friendships are made over food, we agree!
African food is rich, diverse, colourful and flavoursome and we have made it our mission to help you discover great places where you can enjoy delicious food from the African Continent and the Caribbean Islands right here in the U.K.
It was very uplifting to see my friends’ service posts from today in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I confess I did not leave the house today. But for my part I finished the website for my Black Women In Europe™Social Media Group ideel förening|nonprofit quietly formed last autumn. May we hold the spirit of service close to our hearts all year.